Interdisciplinary Feeding Team

  • Meet the Team

    The Interdisciplinary Feeding Team at Cincinnati Children's Hosptial Medical Center is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child's unique needs.

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    Medical Director

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    J. Paul Willging, MD
    Director, Interdisciplinary Feeding Team, FEES Clinic and the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Clinic

    513-636-4355

    paul.willging@cchmc.org

    J. Paul Willging, MD

    Director, Interdisciplinary Feeding Team, FEES Clinic and the Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Clinic

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4355

    Fax: 513-636-8133

    Email: paul.willging@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Congenital atresia of the ear and pediatric trauma.

    Hearing loss issues; cleft lip and palate patients, ear, nose and throat; ENT anomalies

    Biography

    Jay P. Willging, MD, is certified to practice in Ohio and Kentucky. He is a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology.

    Dr. Willging enjoys all areas of otolaryngology and has a special interest in congenital atresia of the ear and pediatric trauma.

    A member of several multi-disciplinary teams, the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Craniofacial Team, the Velopharyngeal Function and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction (Insufficiency) Clinic and the Functional Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow Clinic, he is highly respected for his expertise.

    The Craniofacial Team brings together Pediatric Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, Child Psychology, Human Genetics, Speech Pathology and Nutrition to extensively evaluate and manage children with cleft lip and cleft palate issues, as well as other children with craniofacial anomalies.

    The Velopharyngeal Function and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction (Insufficiency) Clinic brings together Otolaryngology, Speech-Language Pathology and Human Genetics to evaluate children with complex speech difficulties.

    The Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow Clinic (FEES) brings together Otolaryngology and Speech-Language Pathology to evaluate children with swallowing disorders.

    In addition to ongoing research, Dr. Willging performs surgery and sees children at numerous locations, making treatment more convenient and accessible for his patients.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1985.

    Residency: Department of General Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1985 to 1987; Otolaryngology Residency, Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1987 to 1991.

    Fellowship: Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1991 to 1992.

    Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology, 1992.

    Faculty

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    Nancy Doan Leslie, MD
    Interim Co-Director, Division of Human Genetics

    513-636-2438

    nancy.leslie@cchmc.org

    Nancy Doan Leslie, MD

    Interim Co-Director, Division of Human Genetics

    Director, Clinical Genetics Fellowship Program

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2438

    Fax: 513-636-7297

    Email: nancy.leslie@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Galactosemia; PKU; inborn errors; newborn screening; lysosomal storage disease

    Research Interests

    Focus on inborn errors of metabolism, with an emphasis on long term outcome in PKU and in the molecular biology of galactosemia

    Education and Training

    MD: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1975 to 1979. 

    Internship and Residency: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Endocrinology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center,OH, 1982 to 1985; Clinical Genetics and Clinical Biochemical Genetics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, OH, 1993 to 1995.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1986; American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-Board of Pediatric Endocrinology, 1989; American Board of Medical Genetics, Board-Certified in Clinical Genetics and Clinical Biochemical Genetics, 1996, Active in MOC.

    Publications

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    Scott P. Pentiuk, MD
    Pediatric Gastroenterologist

    513-636-4415

    scott.pentiuk@cchmc.org

    Scott P. Pentiuk, MD

    Pediatric Gastroenterologist

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Email: scott.pentiuk@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Feeding disorders, medical education

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2002.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2005.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2008.

    Publications

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    Staff

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    Fatima Azim, MPH, RD, LD
    Registered Dietitian, Interdisciplinary Feeding Team

    513-636-2828

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    Sarah C. Bantel, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-4341

    sarah.bantel@cchmc.org


    A photo of Debbie Dorr.

    Debbie Dorr, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-4341

    debbie.dorr@cchmc.org

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    Candace J. Hochstrasser, MSN, APRN, FNP
    Family Nurse Practitioner, Gastroenterology, Interdisciplinary Feeding Team

    513-636-2828

    candy.hochstrasser@cchmc.org

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    Candace J. Hochstrasser, MSN, APRN, FNP

    Family Nurse Practitioner, Gastroenterology, Interdisciplinary Feeding Team

    Phone: 513-636-2828

    Email: candy.hochstrasser@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    FNP-BC: Indiana Wesleyan University

    BSN/MSN: Indiana Wesleyan University

    RN: Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing

    Certification: American Nurses Credentialing Center
    International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners


    A photo of Elizabeth J. Kirby.

    Elizabeth J. Kirby, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist II, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

    513-636-4651

    Beth.Kirby@cchmc.org

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    Amy C. Klein, MPP, MS, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist II, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

    513-636-4651

    amy.klein@cchmc.org


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    Wendy R. Kochevar, BSN, APRN, PNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Interdisciplinary Feeding Team, Division of Gastroenterology

    513-636-2828

    wendy.kochevar@cchmc.org

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    Wendy R. Kochevar, BSN, APRN, PNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Interdisciplinary Feeding Team, Division of Gastroenterology

    Phone: 513-636-2828

    Email: wendy.kochevar@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BSN: The University of Iowa.

    MS: Childbearing / Childrearing Family Nursing, University of Minnesota.

    Post-Master’s Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: University of Minnesota.
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    Jeff W. Lancaster, RD, LD
    Registered Dietician, Division of Nutrition Therapy

    513-636-1093

    jeff.lancaster@cchmc.org


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    Claire Kane Miller, PhD, CCC-SLP
    Program Director, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-4341

    claire.miller@cchmc.org

    Claire Kane Miller, PhD, CCC-SLP

    Program Director, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    Phone: 513-636-4341

    Fax: 513-636-3965

    Email: claire.miller@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Oral-motor / feeding; dysphagia; fiber optic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Cincinnati, 2006.

    MS: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1981. 

    BS: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1980. 

    Certification: Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology.

    Publications

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    Sara A. Nurre, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-4341

    sara.nurre@cchmc.org


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    Therese O'Flaherty, MS, RD, LD, CSP
    Dietician Specialist, Division of Nutrition Therapy

    513-636-8421

    Therese.OFlaherty@cchmc.org

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    Kim Page, MS, RD, LD
    Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Therapy and Human Genetics

    513-636-8630

    kimberley.page@cchmc.org


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    Jill M. Reinarts, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-4341

    jill.reinarts@cchmc.org

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    Karen A. Rizzo, MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist II, Division of Speech-Language Pathology

    513-636-4341

    karen.rizzo@cchmc.org


    A photo of Krystin Turner.

    Krystin Turner, OTR/L
    Occupational Therapist II, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

    513-636-4651

    krystin.turner@cchmc.org

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    Sarah M. Weller, MSW, LISW-S
    Social Worker II, Division of Social Services

    513-636-2828

    sarah.weller@cchmc.org